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I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

Format:  Paperback,

288 pages

Edition: Trade Pbk

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jul 2000

ISBN-13: 9780767903820

ISBN-10: 076790382X

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A CLASSIC FROM THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF "ONE SUMMER "
After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.
Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jul 2000
ISBN-13: 9780767903820
ISBN-10: 076790382X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Bryson, Bill

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 8, 1951. In 1973, Bryson went backpacking in England, where he eventually decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent, as well as supplementing his income by writing travel articles. Bryson moved back to the States in 1995. His first travel book, The Lost Continent, chronicles a trip in his mother's Chevy around small town America.

Since then, he has written several more about the U. K. and the U. S., including bestsellers, A Walk in the Woods, I'm A Stranger Here Myself, and In a Sunburned Country. His other books include Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson's African Diary, A Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Walk About, and Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, the Genius of the Royal Society, and At Home: A Short History of Private Life.

Chapter outline

Introductionp. xi
Coming Homep. 1
Mail Callp. 5
Drug Culturep. 9
What's Cooking?p. 13
Well, Doctor, I Was Just Trying to Lie Downp. 17
Rule Number 1: Follow All Rulesp. 20
Take Mc Out to the Ballparkp. 24
Help!p. 28
A Visit to the Barbershopp. 31
On the Hotlinep. 35
Design Flawsp. 39
Room Servicep. 43
Consuming Pleasuresp. 47
The Numbers Gamep. 51
Junk-Food Heavenp. 55
How to Have Fun at Homep. 59
Tales of the North Woodsp. 63
The Cupholder Revolutionp. 69
Number, Pleasep. 73
Friendly Peoplep. 77
Why Everyone Is Worriedp. 81
The Risk Factorp. 85
The War on Drugsp. 89
Dying Accentsp. 93
Inefficiency Reportp. 97
Why No One Walksp. 101
Wide-Open Spacesp. 105
Snoopers at Workp. 109
Lost at the Moviesp. 113
Gardening with My Wifep. 117
Ah. Summer!p. 121
ADay at the Seasidep. 125
On Losing a Sonp. 129
Highway Diversionsp. 133
Fall in New Englandp. 138
The Best American Holidayp. 142
Deck the Hallsp. 146
Fun in the Snowp. 151
The Mysteries of Christmasp. 155
Life in a Cold Climatep. 159
Hail to the Chiefp. 163
Lost in Cyberlandp. 167
Your Tax Form Explainedp. 171
Book Toursp. 175
The Waste Generationp. 179
A Slight Inconveniencep. 185
At the Drive-Inp. 189
Drowning in Red Tapep. 194
Life's Mysteriesp. 198
So Sue Mep. 202
The Great Indoorsp. 206
Death Watchp. 210
In Praise of Dinersp. 214
Shopping Madnessp. 218
The Fat of the Landp. 222
Your New Computerp. 226
How to Rent a Carp. 231
The Wastelandp. 235
The Flying Nightmarep. 239
Enough Alreadyp. 243
At a Lossp. 248
Old Newsp. 252
Rules for Livingp. 256
Our Townp. 261
Word Playp. 265
Last Night on the Titanicp. 269
Property Newsp. 273
Life's Technicalitiesp. 277
An Address to the Graduating Class of Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New Hampshirep. 281
Coming Home: Part IIp. 285

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1999-05-15)

After living in Britain for 20 years, humorist Bryson (A Walk in the Woods, LJ 4/1/98) moved his family back to the United States and settled in a small New Hampshire town. His British editor convinced him to write a weekly newspaper column about his impressions of America. "Mostly I wrote about whatever little things had lately filled my days trip to the post office, the joy of having a garbage disposal for the first time, the glories of the American motel". This book is a collection of those pieces, charting Bryson's progress "from being bewildered and actively appalled in the early days of my return to being bewildered and generally charmed, impressed, and gratified now". While featuring his trademark humor (fans find Bryson hysterically funny, while others think he's snide and sarcastic), I'm a Stranger Here Myself seems a bit slight and choppy. Because of Bryson's popularity, this will be in demand, but steer first-time readers to Notes from a Small Island (LJ 4/1/96) or The Lost Continent (LJ 7/89).

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/99.] - Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me").  They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark,I'm a Stranger Here Myselfrecounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth.  The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.

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